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January 24, 2012

Romney Says He Favors "Self-Deportation"

"In Monday night's Republican presidential debate out of Florida, Mitt Romney described his plan for reducing the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.: 'self-deportation,'" CBS News says.

"The former Massachusetts governor was responding to a question about his immigration position by Adam Smith, the political editor at "The Tampa Bay Times," who said he was "confused" about his stance on deportation."

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Immigration Issue Gains Prominence Ahead of Florida Vote

"The issue of immigration, which barely simmered during the first three Republican presidential contests, could reach a boil now that the candidates have arrived in Florida for the state's Jan. 31 primary," NPR reports.

"Florida, with its large and influential Latino population, provides the earliest gauge of the difficulty facing any eventual GOP nominee in courting Hispanic voters, who increasingly view Republicans' rhetoric about immigration as anti-Hispanic."

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Intra-Hispanic Rivalries Surface Over GOP Immigration Debate

"Those of Mexican descent comprise of almost 70% of the entire Latino population while those of Cuban descent make up of only 3% of the Hispanic population, yet we see Cuban-Americans trying to speak on behalf of the entire Latino population. This is an outrage particularly when we don't see them empathize on an issue that is near and dear to our hearts -- the immigration issue," says DeeDee Garcia Blase, formerly with Somos Republicans.

"[Rep.] Diaz-Balart underestimates the intelligence of Latinos living outside of Florida. He cannot claim to be for free markets and Capitalism when he supports Romney's protectionist and isolationist policies towards immigrants," she continues.

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